West Texas VA Health Care System
Volunteer Contributions to Facility Operations
National Volunteer Week April 12-18th
In the VA Healthcare System, volunteers are a crucial element in everyday functions. Over 140,000 volunteers gave more than 11 million hours in service to America's Veterans. It is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that these VAVS volunteers provide to Veteran patients. Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service volunteers are a priceless asset to the Nation's Veterans and to the Department of Veterans Affairs. We have a myriad of areas to accommodate the VA Volunteer. We offer student volunteer programs, volunteer transportation networks and corporate volunteerism just to name a few. Volunteers assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff with end of life care programs, foster care, community-based volunteer programs, hospital wards, nursing homes, and Veteran outreach centers. Volunteering is a precious commodity to the VA. For every volunteer hour donated (based on the Independent Sector) is worth $22.55 in value to the VA. Every year in April, we celebrate National Volunteer Week. During that week the VA holds a special Banquet to honor our valuable volunteers with a nice dinner and a pin or plaque depending on their hours of service donated. We at the VA are grateful for their commitment to our Nations Veterans. They may never know what a profound effect that they have on a Veteran’s life. A kind word, a gentle touch or a listening ear can mean so much to someone who is sick, in pain or lonely. Volunteers generously give their gift of time to make contact, provide support and encouragement and perhaps provide humor to make a Veteran’s day a bit more bearable because they have taken the time to care and to listen. We at the West Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care System genuinely appreciate and value our Volunteers commitment of time and effort to our Veterans and organizations and for this we thank them greatly. Anyone that has any interest in Volunteering or knows someone who would be, we need you!